The edge of your toenail is red, swollen and painful? You are probably suffering from an ingrown toenail. React at the first symptoms by following these tips.
Ingrown nail: what is it?
We speak of an ingrown nail when the edge of a nail enters the skin located on the sides. This problem is mainly located in the toenails, especially on the big toe. It is manifested by redness and swelling of the area, accompanied by more or less intense pain, which intensifies when you press on it, when you put on shoes and/or practice a sporting activity.
If left unchecked, the pain may become permanent and intensify. The skin is very red and the area hot. The skin around the edges of the nail is really swollen, very painful, and you see a discharge of purulent liquid? This is a sign of an infection.
Ingrown nail: what treatments?
The first thing to do in case of an ingrown toenail is to soak your foot in a hot water bath for about fifteen minutes in order to soften the area and relieve the pain. Then place a small piece of cotton between your nail and the skin to prevent it from hurting it further. Repeat this operation two to three times a day. Then, as the nail grows back, cut it straight.
On a daily basis, make sure to leave your feet in the open air as soon as possible. Wear shoes that are comfortable and wide enough, but that support the back of the foot well. If your skin is very red, swollen and very painful, it is important to carry out the same operation, using, in addition, a disinfectant, to be applied three times a day.
If you don’t see any improvement after two days, see a doctor right away. He will prescribe a local antiseptic and possibly podiatric care to relieve the pain. In case of superinfection, antibiotic treatment may be considered. In rare cases, minor surgery is required to remove the nail. It takes place under local anesthesia.
The right reflexes to avoid an ingrown toenail
To avoid an ingrown toenail, it is important to take care of your feet on a daily basis. Be sure to cut your toenails regularly, always leaving 2 to 3 mm sticking out. Better to cut them more often than too short! Also be sure to cut them with clean and regularly disinfected instruments.
Just cut the nails, not the cuticles. Avoid wearing shoes that are too tight or too closed. In case of excessive sweating, talk to your doctor or pharmacist: there are effective products to limit humidity.
Feet are very important to us, so we should protect them regularly by using pedicure supplies in our daily life. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have pedicure tools. We have everything all you need in Maryton nail supply.
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